I wasn’t expecting to return to this topic so soon. However, having signed the petition, I have received a reply from Joanna Lumley on behalf of the campaign and I include it in full here to remind and guide anyone who has not yet signed. Please remember that only UK residents are eligible to sign the petition.
“Thank you so much for signing the Gurkha Justice petition, and joining our
“Already, over 33,000 people have signed: an extraordinary response in support
of an extraordinary group of people. We’ve had great coverage for the
campaign in the media across the world, and with excellent support from our
“We must be clear. We’re not looking for a Government “review” of cases of
ex-Gurkhas. We’re not looking at a slight amendment in the law, a way of
getting around the High Court’s terrific judgement last week.
“We demand the full, fundamental change in law that will allow all retired
Gurkhas the right to live here.
“In November, I plan to go to Downing Street and present the Gurkha Justice
petition to the Government on your behalf. I want the petition to be so big,
so huge, that they simply can’t fail to listen.
“To make the biggest possible impact, we really need more people to sign: lots
more. I want this to be one of the biggest petitions ever handed to the
Government, to show our support for the Gurkha cause.
“Your support for the campaign is a fantastic boost: thank you so much. But,
if possible, I need to ask you to help in two other ways, to encourage others
“Firstly, ask all of your friends and colleagues to sign up to the Gurkha
Justice Campaign at www.gurkhajustice.org.uk – please do forward them this
email, or email or contact them directly yourself.
“And secondly, you can now download a petition form for signing from
http://www.gurkhajustice.org.uk/gurkha_campaign_petition_form.pdf. Please download
and print some copies, and ask friends and colleagues who have not signed
on line to sign up. Please do pass it round (some friends of mine have run
street stalls asking people for their signatures – I’m not asking you to
go that far!) and return completed sheets to me at the address on the form
by the end of October.
“Finally – thank you again for your support. Together, we can finally right
“With warmest good wishes,
for the Gurkha Justice Campaign”